Fruity Ice Cream Dream! Who knew summer magic could be this easy? Jello Ice Cream did!

This recipe takes your favorite creamy ice cream and injects it with a burst of vibrant fruit flavor from a box of Jello.

The result? A refreshingly sweet treat that’s perfect for beating the heat.

Bonus? You can make it with or without an ice cream maker – so there’s no stopping you from enjoying this delightful dessert!

Jello Ice Cream

Why You’ll Love This Jello Ice Cream

Craving a cool and refreshing summer treat unlike any other? Look no further than Jello Ice Cream! Here’s why you’ll be singing its praises:

  • Fruity Explosion: Bursting with the vibrant flavors of your favorite Jello, this ice cream takes you on a delightful fruity adventure. It’s a fun and unexpected twist on classic ice cream.
  • Creamy Dream: The creamy base of the ice cream perfectly complements the fruity Jello swirl, creating a delightful textural contrast in every bite.
  • Endless Possibilities: From strawberry to watermelon, the choice of Jello flavor is yours! Customize your creation and explore a whole new world of fruity ice cream combinations.
  • Perfect for All Ages: This fun and flavorful treat is a surefire hit with kids and adults alike. It’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser at any summer gathering.
  • Easy Does It: The beauty of Jello Ice Cream lies in its simplicity. With or without an ice cream maker, you can whip up this refreshing dessert in no time.
  • Budget-Friendly Fun: Using a box of Jello keeps the recipe affordable, allowing you to create a delicious homemade treat without breaking the bank.

So, ditch the store-bought tubs and embrace the fun and fruity world of Jello Ice Cream. It’s the perfect way to cool down and create lasting summer memories!

Best Flavors for Jello Ice Cream

Classic Favorites:

  • Strawberry Jello: A timeless choice, strawberry adds a bright and refreshing sweetness that pairs beautifully with the creaminess of the ice cream base.
  • Cherry Jello: Another crowd-pleaser, cherry Jello offers a vibrant red color and a sweet-tart flavor that brings a delightful zip to the ice cream.
  • Orange Jello: Tangy and refreshing, orange Jello adds a citrusy burst that’s perfect for a hot summer day. It’s a unique and delicious twist on classic ice cream flavors.

Fruity Fusion Fun:

  • Raspberry Jello: Similar to strawberry, raspberry offers a slightly tart and complex flavor profile that adds depth to the ice cream.
  • Peach Jello: Sweet and juicy, peach Jello creates a delightful summery flavor that’s perfect for a light and refreshing treat.
  • Watermelon Jello: Capture the essence of summer with watermelon Jello! It adds a subtle sweetness and a vibrant pink color that’s sure to turn heads.

Beyond the Basics:

  • Mixed Berry Jello: For a burst of mixed fruit flavor, consider using a mixed berry Jello. This option offers a variety of berry notes for a more complex taste experience.
  • Tropical Fruit Jello: Transport yourself to a tropical paradise with mango, pineapple, or other tropical fruit-flavored Jello. It’s a fun and exotic twist that will tantalize your taste buds.
  • Lemon Jello: For a tangy and refreshing twist, lemon Jello adds a surprising brightness that cuts through the creaminess of the ice cream.

Bonus Tip: Don’t be afraid to experiment! Combine different Jello flavors to create your own unique concoctions. For example, try a swirl of strawberry and cherry Jello, or mix peach and raspberry for a delightful summer combination.

We changed it up a little and made it the way I make my real vanilla ice cream, just with the jello mix added.

I wanted to use as many pure ingredients since I was using the jello too, plus we didn’t have any ice cream mix, and couldn’t find it.

So I improvised and I’m really glad I did. This Jello Ice Cream was so easy and was incredibly creamy and delicious!

Real Jello Ice Cream with or without a machine!

I tried one batch of Jello Ice Cream in four flavors with the ice cream maker, and one batch of all four flavors without an ice cream maker.

Both batches worked perfect.

The only real difference is that the batch that used the ice cream maker was frozen faster but took longer to prepare all four flavors.

Mostly since I had to freeze the bucket in between each one.

However if you are using only one flavor, you could totally use an ice cream maker and it will be a little firmer than soft serve when done.

SO good!

Freeze in the freezer for an additional 2 hours for a more traditional ice cream.

Real Jello Ice Cream with or without a machine!

What did it taste like? Well, depending on the flavors you choose – we chose blue raspberry, watermelon, island pineapple and some odd Star Wars Rebel Force Berry which tasted a lot like watermelon and wasn’t lime which was what we didn’t want.

At any rate, all the flavors were very good.

The ice cream was fruity, creamy and tasted just like if we had purchased a store bought brand of ice cream.

Really the ingredients tasted stronger which is why I like homemade ice cream better anyway.

Smooth, silky and creamy.

Also if you want a cute way to serve this ice cream or any that I share, my friend Ellen  has these adorable Ice Cream Cones. Just change out the sprinkles and you’ve got anything you want! 

Want more ice cream? Here are some fun ice cream recipe ideas!  

Real Jello Ice Cream with or without a machine!

If you love making ice cream as much as we do, you might also enjoy our Roasted Banana and Coconut Ice Cream or our No Churn Watermelon Swirl Ice Cream.

Making the Recipe

Jello Ice Cream

Creamy Jello Ice Cream

Nicole Cook
Sweet, creamy fruity real ice cream with a box of jello thrown in. Jello Ice Cream can be made with or without an ice cream machine. Easy & Delicious!
4.49 from 47 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Freeze 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 473 kcal


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 ounces JELL-O JELL-O ANY Flavor Gelatin


  • In a mixer, mix together all of the ingredients on low until completely combined.
  • Pour into your ice cream machine container according to the manufacturers instructions.
  • Once it'd done, you can either eat it then or you can freeze it a little longer to make it a little firmer.
  • If you are not using an ice cream machine, pour the mixture into a freezer safe container with an airtight lid.
  • Freeze for about 8 hours (or overnight).


Calories: 473kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 6gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 20gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 99mgSodium: 119mgPotassium: 201mgSugar: 44gVitamin A: 1298IUVitamin C: 0.5mgCalcium: 153mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword easy frozen treats
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  1. I made this it’s yummy! I used sugar free jello and steevia instead. I found I got a waxy texture on my spoon and mouth after eating. Did you whip the cream mixture before putting it in ice cream maker?

    1. I did not whip the mixture at all. I am suspecting the waxy texture might be the sugar free oppose to the regular jello. Not sure though. I’m glad it was still good! <3

  2. I made this it’s yummy! I used sugar free jello and steevia instead. I found I got a waxy texture on my spoon and mouth after eating. Did you whip the cream mixture before putting it in ice cream maker?

    1. You can certainly try. I do not know if it will change the consistency of the ice cream or not, since I have never tried that. Let me know if it works if you decide to try it, I’m curious now.

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